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A Victory in the War on Terror, or Entrapment?

Reported by Melanie - August 5, 2004 -

Nothing signficiant to post today (August 5, 2004) about Dayside w/Linda Vester. Unfortunately my cable reception was out for the first 16 minutes. When it was restored, Dayside was on a report about the Iraq Olympic team. After segments on Mark Hacking and Scott Peterson, Dayside went live to a Department of Justice news conference (1:40 p.m. ET) about the arrest of two Albany, New York "mosque leaders."

The DOJ representative said this wasn't the end-all terror arrest, and he hoped there wouldn't be a lot of "breathless" reporting about it. (Still, the DOJ did hold a press conference and all three cable news networks, and C-Span, carried it.)

What I gathered was that the shoulder-launched missile involved was a fake and this was a "sting" operation that took place after wire tappings failed to produce anything that could be used to nab these men. Then there was talk about at least one of the charges being money laundering. Toward the end, one reporter asked whether this could be called entrapment, the DOJ spokesman responding that that was for a jury to decide.

COMMENT: Hopefully the pieces will come together on this, but for today, this had the appearance of fear mongering from the DOJ (or higher), on down through the ranks of the press.